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8/10/12 1:10pm

Celebrity Roundup: August 10, 2012


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Teen Mom is known for featuring more than its fair share of alcoholics and addicts—among them troubled stars Amber Portwood and Janelle Evans—but another alumna, Farrah Abraham, who claimed to have already come through the woods with her partying days is under fire, with a friend claiming that she’s abusing Adderall and Xanax as well as alcohol. "Farrah said she does Adderall before every event that she attends," the friend reported. Abraham denies the claims—although to be fair, she'd hardly be the only starlet attending high-profile events on Adderall.

Jessica Simpson may be better known now for her fluctuating weight and seemingly endless pregnancy than for her musical career, but the new mom—who gave birth to her first daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, three months ago—is sticking to water on Saturday nights. “Responsibility has changed my life!” she tweeted. Then again, this may also have something to do with the lucrative endorsement deal she signed with Weight Watchers to lose her baby weight by the end of August.

Jay Penske—the CEO of PMC (the parent company of Deadline Hollywood and MovieLine), and the son of well-known sports billionaire Roger Penske—was arrested alongside his brother outside a Nantucket yacht club at the end of a wild night of partying, which was punctuated by Jay Penske urinating on a woman in a parking lot. Somebody should have warned him that the “What happens in Vegas...” mentality doesn’t work quite as well in tony Nantucket.

Actress Kristen Bell and her fiancé, actor and comic Dax Shepard, have drastically different philosophies when it comes to drug use: In a new interview with Esquire (via Perez Hilton), Bell claimed that although she’s never even seen cocaine at a party, let alone used it, Shepard is a former drug addict who was once prone to “five- day benders where no one could find him.” Well, opposites attract!

Rocker Rick Springfield—best known for his super-hit “Jessie’s Girl”—managed to avoid serving jail time in the case stemming from his May 2011 DUI arrest, in which he threatened to kill the arresting officer after being pulled over. In exchange for Springfield’s no contest plea, he only has to attend a two-month traffic program, with three years of probation.

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By Sam Lansky

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8/10/12 12:03pm

Sleeping Pills Pose Addiction Threat


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If you can't sleep, you may want to try counting sheep. Sleeping pills are known to be effective for short-term insomnia relief, but may cause long-term dependency problems, according to research from Flinders University in Australia. "Sleeping tablets provide short-term relief but when people stop taking them they might have a few bad nights and think they can’t sleep without taking the drug," says lead study author Professor Leon Lack. Many who suffer from insomnia report a lower quality of life, and even depression, which can perpetuate a cycle of depending on sleeping pills. “But it’s important for people to realize that sleep isn’t just one long, homogenous period of unconsciousness—we go through different stages of sleep," explains Lack, "from a deep sleep which lasts 80 to 90 minutes into a lighter, dreaming sleep, and over the course of a night we experience this pattern three or four times." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25% of Americans are not getting enough sleep—and 10% of these suffer from chronic insomnia. In Australia, stats say about one-third of the country suffers from sleep-related issues. Lack suggests practicing good sleeping habits to prevent insomnia—such as going to bed when tired, using the bedroom only for sleep, getting up if you cannot sleep, and reducing the amount of time spent in bed while awake. “If you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed then get up,” he says. “Don’t lie there awake because that associates the bedroom with frustration and anxiety.”

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By Valerie Tejeda

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8/10/12 11:10am

Eminem Thanks Fans for Helping Him Out of "Dark Place"


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Eminem has never been known to hide his personal struggles, but last night he paid tribute to the people who helped him get through it: his fans. During a show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, he told the sell-out crowd that he "wouldn't have gotten out of that dark place without y'all" and dedicated the evening's performance to "anybody tonight who's been through personal struggles." The rapper has been open about his battle with addiction; he admitted that in addition to his alcoholism, he was taking up to 20 pills a day at one point, including Vicodin, Valium, Ambien and methadone. He's even sported AA-related bling in the past—wearing a sobriety necklace that featured the Sobriety Circle & Triangle Symbol used by AA to the 2011 Grammys.

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By McCarton Ackerman


8/10/12 5:00am

Morning Roundup: August 10, 2012


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By Chrisanne Grise

Celebrity Addicts

8/09/12 4:01pm

Amy Winehouse's Ex Is in a Coma


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Just a year after his ex-wife Amy Winehouse died from alcoholic poisoning, Blake Fielder-Civil is in a medically induced coma and on life support after allegedly taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. A week ago, his girlfriend Sarah Aspin, with whom he has a 15-month-old son, found Fielder-Civil unconscious after he had returned home intoxicated. He was immediately rushed to the hospital with multiple organ failure and remains in critical condition. Says Aspin, "He's never really been a drinker, but when he got home with this friend, he was slurring his words and staggering. I thought he was on something. I was very angry because he'd be doing so well." The 30-year-old has a history with drugs and alcohol, and admitted in a 2008 interview that he may have introduced Winehouse to hard drugs. "I made the biggest mistake of my life by taking heroin in front of [Amy Winehouse]," he said. "I introduced her to heroin, crack cocaine, and self-harming. I feel more than guilty." Amy's father Mitch Winehouse, who has blamed his son-in-law for his daughter's decent into addiction, recently tweeted: “Terrible news about Blake this morning. Remember Amy loved him. Let’s pray for his recovery."

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By Gabrielle Wuhl

Ask Jane

8/09/12 3:05pm

Should Sober People Date Non-Sober People?

Q: Would you as a recovering alcoholic ever date someone who is not sober?

[Jane is now exclusively fielding your questions about addiction, recovery and the like. Send your questions to]

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By Jane Velez-Mitchell


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